Let me tell you something… (This information may actually be quite obvious to some of you…) Cooking the shrimp in bacon drippings made this dish ultra-delicious. ULTRA. 🙂
I usually cook bacon in the microwave. (gasp!) I know that this may not be the best cooking method, but, as a complete neat freak, this method does eliminate a major cleanup. Fortunately, I pan-cooked a serious amount of bacon at some point in time and reserved the drippings. Yay! Perfect for these wonderful summertime tacos.
We ate these as a belated Father’s Day celebratory meal with skillet creamed corn, brown rice, and refried beans. The skillet corn consisted of fresh corn kernels which were also sautéed in bacon drippings. The mixture was then combined with a little bit of sour cream and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. SO good.
My husband is a great dad and deserved a super tasty celebration. He always selects his menu and really wanted tacos on his special day for two reasons. Not only does he absolutely love tacos, but, after a thorough search, he gave me fabulous taco racks as part of my birthday gift- he really wanted me to use them ASAP. 😉
He found a local company that makes functional and pretty stainless steel taco racks: www.TacoRack.com. The racks make assembling and serving tacos so much easier. I have always needed such an item in my kitchen! A great birthday gift for me turned into a yummy Father’s Day meal for him. 😉
This recipe was adapted from Rick Bayless.com. Great.
Yield: Serves 4 generously
- 3 T lard, vegetable oil, bacon drippings, fat rendered from chorizo, or even butter
- 3 serrano OR one large jalapeño, stemmed
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 ripe medium-large tomato, cored and diced
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed, and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (I used large/21-25 per pound shrimp)
- a few sprigs cilantro, finely chopped
- a big squeeze of fresh lime juice
- 10-12 corn or corn & wheat tortillas, for serving
- Melt the lard or other fat in a medium-size skillet set over medium heat.
- Seed the chiles then chop them finely and add to the skillet, along with the onion and tomato. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened but is not brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Add the shrimp to the skillet, letting the shrimp cook until they’re almost done through, about three minutes.
- In the meantime, warm the tortillas in a tortilla warmer or on a plate covered by a moist paper towel and plastic wrap. (I place a damp paper towel over the tortillas in my tortilla warmer, cover, and microwave for 1 minute.)
- Add a big handful of chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, then scoop into a warm tortilla.
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